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"The Nine Revolutions Azure Tree grows an inch a year. After a million years, it can grow as tall as a mountain, and after a billion years its crown will reach into the cosmos. It’s one of the rarest herbs that can extend one's life. Kid, you actually managed to obtain this?"
Old Snake was indeed knowledgeable. He recognized the fruit at a glance.
"That old child was the one that wanted to refine it into a medicine. If I had not taken it, this fruit would probably be in his stomach now."
Upon hearing Yi Yun's words, Old Snake laughed. "That la.s.s Chenxue sure has a good eye. She didn't think wrong of you. This fruit is really something great!"
Old Snake cherished life. He did not feel like he had lived long enough so any herb that could extend his life was something he prized. Especially a divine herb like the Nine Revolutions Azure Fruit, for not only could it extend his life, it could even replenish his vitality. It would even help ease the injuries he had just recently received.
Old Snake played with the Nine Revolutions Azure Fruit and then threw it straight into his mouth. He effortlessly swallowed the fist-sized fruit whole.
Yi Yun was dumbfounded seeing this. "You ate it just like that? Aren't you going to refine it into a pill?"
"Eat? How could I bear eating it like that?" Old Snake swallowed the fruit with some difficulty before muttering, "I just swallowed the fruit whole and put it into my dantian. I'll use its vital essence to slowly nourish my dantian's wounds. In the future, I'll refine it gradually."
As Old Snake spoke, he noticed Yi Yun giving him a strange look. "Kid, what are you looking at!?"
"I say… you swallowed such a large fruit whole. Don't tell me you are really a snake…"
Yi Yun had been joking, hoping to nip at Old Snake but he never expected Old Snake to roll his eyes at him. He said leisurely, "I have some Soaring Serpent blood in me but it's not pure. It's the same with Snake Girl. Years ago, I noticed this helpless orphan who shared the same blood as me, and I took her in as a disciple. However, the heritage of our ancestors has long been lost. The cultivation techniques I cultivated in had nothing to do with our bloodlines. Women aren't suitable for cultivating my Combat Sacred Body, so I didn't teach it to her."
Old Snake had said all of that nonchalantly with a Yuan Qi transmission.
Yi Yun was taken aback when he heard that. It was the first time he heard Old Snake talk of the past. So Old Snake really was related to snakes.
The five-elemental laws each had a corresponding divine beast. The Azure Dragon matched wood, the Vermilion Bird matched fire, the White Tiger matched metal, the Black Turtle matched water, and finally, earth was matched with the Soaring Serpent.
The Soaring Serpent had the bloodline of the Dragon Emperor. That fact was all Yi Yun needed to understand why Snake Girl's blood was able to awaken the Ascending Dragon Cauldron. It was not a coincidence.
"Senior, it's no wonder you want to obtain the Dragon Emperor Technique…"
Yi Yun was enlightened. Old Snake's ancestral heritage was lost. In order to cultivate in the paramount martial path, he naturally wanted the Dragon Emperor Technique that conformed to his bloodline. It was very likely that he had a strong desire to regain the ill.u.s.trious history of his lineage.
"That's right. My bloodline made me have a special feeling towards the Ascending Dragon Cauldron. However, I have tried to interact with it in the past. My blood is unable to awaken the dragon soul within the Ascending Dragon Cauldron."
Old Snake shook his head. He was human after all. His bloodline was very far from the Dragon Emperor's bloodline.
"How are you going to deal with these people?" Old Snake suddenly asked.
When the Myriad G.o.d Ridge disciples heard that, they immediately turned nervous.
The old geezer in front of them was unfathomable. They felt immense pressure when facing Old Snake.
Yi Yun looked at the people as his eyes flashed with a cold glint.
He did not have a good impression of the Myriad G.o.d Ridge. After all, a crooked stick will have a crooked shadow. There were few people in the Myriad G.o.d Ridge that were good. Many of the Myriad G.o.d Ridge disciples in front of him deserved death!
However, Yi Yun did not intend to kill them. There were many experts among them and if they fought desperately together, it would be quite a problem.
Yi Yun said, "I do not make it a habit to let my enemies go. If I let you off today, it's possible that you would seek revenge on me tomorrow."
Everyone's hearts sank when they heard Yi Yun's words. It was not that they didn't want to make a desperate fight for their lives, but they did not know that Old Snake was injured. From their point of view, Old Snake was an unfathomable and fearsome existence. There was also Yi Yun, whose strength was not to be underestimated. He had the ability to slay Cang Wu and had refined the impregnable Ascending Dragon Cauldron, allowing him to attack and defend easily. They felt that there was no hope for victory.
"I want all of you to sign a soul contract to submit to us. None of you are to betray us for ten thousand years! After ten thousand years, your freedom will be restored!"
This was the best solution Yi Yun could come up with. Ten thousand years gave them a glimmer of hope. A majority of people could tolerate such conditions.
Old Snake said, "That's quite a good solution, but only have them submit to you. Old me can't be bothered with having these people as slaves."
Yi Yun nodded. In a way, this meant that the Myriad G.o.d Ridge was now under Yi Yun's control. With such a large sect at his command, he now had a large group to do various things for him, such as obtaining information and searching for herbs.
Upon hearing Yi Yun's proposed conditions, all the Myriad G.o.d Ridge disciples fell silent.
Many people were agape but no words came out of their mouths. It would be fine if they submitted to Old Snake, but how could they feel okay with submitting to a junior like Yi Yun?
However, if they did not submit, it would likely cost them their lives. With the submission only lasting ten thousand years, they just needed to bear with it. They still had a long road ahead of them.
And on careful thought, Yi Yun's talent meant that it wouldn't take long for him to become a Divine Lord. Furthermore, he would likely be unparalleled among Divine Lords. In that case, they wouldn't feel as aggrieved.
An elder spoke.
With someone taking the lead, more people followed suit. The juniors agreed to it much faster. Although signing a soul contract was humiliating, at least they got to keep some amount of their freedom.
Meanwhile, the ones that were suffering the most anxiety were the Song and Zhang families.
The two family clans had targeted Yi Yun in various ways in the past. Now that Yi Yun was about to become the true owner of the Myriad G.o.d Ridge, they felt bitter. What would befall them in the coming days?
It was ironic when they thought about it. Just a few days ago, Feng Yunyang had become the successor to the sect master, attracting the envy of countless people.
And now, Yi Yun was the true owner of the Myriad G.o.d Ridge. It was equivalent to having the position of Myriad G.o.d Patriarch! He controlled their fates!
Back then, Myriad G.o.d Patriarch wanted to use Yi Yun as a refinement herb. But now, all that the Myriad G.o.d Patriarch had prepared was used for Yi Yun’s benefit. Even the sect had become Yi Yun's. If Myriad G.o.d Patriarch had realized this before his death, his rage would probably split the pocket world in two.
One by one, nearly everyone chose to submit. Yi Yun planted a soul mark in their soul seas.
These soul marks were some of the mildest kinds. It was not like Myriad G.o.d Patriarch's which would cause the slave to die when the master died.
At that moment, Yi Yun walked in front of Song Zhanchen and Zhang Tianxing. The two shuddered when Yi Yun approached them. When they saw Yi Yun condense a soul mark, the corners of their mouths twitched.
They discovered that the soul marks that Yi Yun condensed were different from the others. When their perception connected with the soul mark, they were clearly informed of the contents of the contract. Not only did they need to submit to Yi Yun, their thoughts would be controlled by him. Their life and death were also at Yi Yun’s discretion. Furthermore, the period of their enslavement was ten times longer than the rest. A hundred thousand years!
This was closer to a true slave mark. The only difference was that it was not forever.
Yi Yun looked coldly at Song Zhanchen and Zhang Tianxing. He could not be bothered with asking for their decision. He did not have the patience. If they did not submit, he could just kill them directly.
Song Zhanchen and Zhang Tianxing's mouths twitched. They felt like their backbones had been extracted. If they were not burdened by their responsibility towards the Zhang and Song families, they could have acted in defiance. However, as things were now, their entire families could easily be erased from the Myriad G.o.d Ridge by Yi Yun.
They refused to watch their respective families, which had thrived for years in the Myriad G.o.d Ridge, be destroyed because of their mistakes. They had no other choice. They could only bow before Yi Yun and say, "I submit…"
Yi Yun remained expressionless as he flicked the soul marks out. The gray soul marks transformed into streams of light that flew into Song Zhanchen and Zhang Tianxing's glabellas. Their bodies jolted, and when they opened their eyes again, the mortification and indignation in their eyes had vanished. They were replaced with obedience and submission.